Grammar Time: questions 4

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Asking questions about the future doesn’t have to be difficult. There is a simple recipe!

Simply invert « will » and your subject.

Here are some examples:

  • Will we meet again?
  • Will the weather be nice next week?
  • How will you get there?
  • How much time will we have during the test?
  • When will you call your mother?
  • What kind of cake will you bring to her party?

How’s that? Do you have any questions? Let me know!

Grammar Mondays: questions 2

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People often stumble (have trouble) over questions in English, but the rule is quite simple: you need to use an auxiliary in the first instance, (do/does) followed by the subject of the question, (you, she, they, etc.) and then the verb you want to use in its infinitive (unconjugated) form. You don’t need to conjugate the verb because the auxiliary (do/does) is already conjugated.

Do this anytime you want to ask a question in English, except when using certain modal verbs (can, could, may, might, must, will, would) and be. This means that we use an auxiliary for most questions asked in English!

Are you ready for some examples?

  • Do you like hot chocolate in winter?
  • Does your sister train everyday?
  • Do you buy your shoes at the mall?
  • Do these come in my size?
  • Does Fred know we start at 10am?
  • Do we have to wear these stupid hats?
  • Do they know we’re coming?
  • Does Karina have the file with her?

These are the simplest questions you could ask, and they generally require only a one work answer: yes or no.

If you’d like to add a question word or phrase (who, what, when, where, how much, what time, etc.) you put it in front of the auxiliary (do/does). Eg.: Where do you buy your clothes? But more on that next week!

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Grammar Mondays: modals 6

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The modal may is used to express two things: politeness and possibility.

In terms of possibility, it can replace might, though might is more commonly used than may in this context.

More often, school children learn that may is used for good manners. For example, rather than using the modal can when asking for something, use may:

  • May I have another cookie please?
  • May I go to the bathroom? (A child asking at school.)
  • May I leave the table?
  • May I? (Said simply when it is obvious what the question is, for example, when you’re indicating that you’d like to offer your help.)
  • How may I help you? (If you’re a shop assistant speaking to a customer.)

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Grammar Mondays: modals 5

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Might reflects possibility. We use this modal if we are unsure that something will or will not happen.

For example, if you’re unsure of your plans for the evening, you could say: I might go out, but I’m not sure.

If you’re unsure if you’d like to go out, you could also say: I might not go tonight, we’ll see.

Whether you use the affirmative or negative form is really up to you and how you want to spin your sentence. Do you want to emphasize that you might NOT do something (you’re leaning towards no)? Or that you might do something (you’re leaning towards yes)?

Give it a try, and don’t forget, if you have questions, give us a shout!

Grammar Mondays: modals 4

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We often use should to offer advice, or indicate something that is good or not good to do.

Should is never conjugated, and is used with another verb, in the infinitive.

Here are some more examples:

  • Mary should play more often if she wants to get better.
  • You should see your doctor every year for a health check up.
  • People should pay more attention to their diets.
  • You should exercise regularly.

In question form, simply invert the modal and the subject:

  • Should I take these pills with a meal?
  • Should you be doing that?
  • Should we leave now?
  • Shouldn’t you be at the theatre by now?

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Grammar Mondays: modals 2

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Must reflects an obligation. It is usually used to talk about rules or prohibitions. For example:

  • You mustn’t run by the pool.
  • You must wear a helmet when you ride your bike.
  • Pupils must raise their hand when they want a turn to speak.
  • A receptionist must answer the phone when it rings.
  • You mustn’t go swimming immediately after a meal.

Now it’s your turn, try to think of three things you must do, and three things you musn’t do.

L’astuce de la semaine: les comparatifs

Un rapide point de langue pour vous rappeler comment utiliser les COMPARATIFS (de supériorité, d’égalité ou d’infériorité) en français.

La comparaison avec un ADJECTIF:

Marie est plus grande que Sophie.

Marie est aussi grande que Sophie.

Marie est moins grande que Sophie.

=> Ici je compare 2 éléments/personnes (Marie et Sophie) selon le critère de la taille (« grande »).

La comparaison avec un ADVERBE:

Marie court plus vite que Sophie.

Marie court aussi vite que Sophie.

Marie court moins vite que Sophie.

=> Ici je compare 2 éléments/personnes (Marie et Sophie) selon le critère de la vitesse (courir « vite »).

La comparaison avec un NOM:

Marie a plus de cartes que Sophie.

Marie a autant de cartes que Sophie.

Marie a moins de cartes que Sophie.

=> Ici je compare 2 éléments/personnes (Marie et Sophie) selon le critère du nombre de cartes possédées.

La comparaison avec un VERBE:

Marie dort plus que Sophie.

Marie dort autant que Sophie.

Marie dort moins que Sophie.

=> Ici je compare 2 éléments/personnes (Marie et Sophie) selon le critère du sommeil (action, « dormir »).

La semaine prochaine, un point sur les SUPERLATIFS !

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Grammar Mondays: modals 1

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Many people struggle with modal verbs because they seem scary. But they’re not so bad, really!

The rules are quite simple:

  • Modal verbs are never conjugated.
  • In a question, they don’t need an auxiliary.
  • They always need a supporting verb in a sentence, and that verb is never conjugated.

So here are some examples with the modal can:

  • My dog, Charlie, can jump very high.
  • Can you help me with this?
  • I can hop on one leg!

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L’astuce de la semaine: Bien ou bon?

à retenir: BIEN est toujours invariable et ne change jamais. BON s’accorde en genre (féminin ou masculin) et en nombre (singulier ou pluriel).

« Bien » exprime un jugement de valeur, moral. Il est synonyme de « correct », « conforme », « juste ». Le contraire de « bien » est « mal ».

« Bon » exprime un jugement basé sur le goût. Il est synonyme de « agréable », « délicieux », « doué » ou même « gentil ». Le contraire de « bon » est « mauvais ».

Attention! Pour le superlatif, on ne dit pas « plus bon » mais « meilleur ». On ne dit pas « plus bien » mais « mieux ».

« Bon » et « bien » servent aussi à ponctuer votre discours à l’oral.